Forklift accidents can lead to prolonged hospital stays, long recoveries, temporary or permanent injuries, and days away from work. Medical costs can become astronomical. And being
unable to work for the duration of your treatment or being forced to have a reduced work capacity after recovery only compounds the issues.
You shouldn’t have to worry about paying your bills and providing for your loved ones while you’re trying to get better. Our Mesa forklift accident attorneys at Zanes Law can help you recover the compensation you need so that you can focus on getting better and not worry about providing for your loved ones.
Establishing Negligence and Liability in a Mesa Forklift Accident Case
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an average of 87 people lose their lives, while more than 7,000 workers suffer from serious injuries caused by forklift accidents every year. Because of the size of the machine and its peculiar build, injuries sustained in forklift accidents can be quite dangerous.
If you were injured in a forklift accident at the workplace, you’d have to file a workers’ compensation claim. The key to a successful forklift-related personal injury claim is proving negligence and establishing fault.
In this case, you may be able to pursue compensation from your company’s stipulated workers’ comp insurance, as well as any liable third parties. But to do that, your forklift accident lawyer in Mesa would need to ensure that these factors were present:
- Duty of care: This means that the forklift driver was mandated to carefully and safely operate the heavy equipment. Also, the company was required to hire experienced forklift drivers, ensure that they get adequate training, and have safety protocols in place.
- Breach of duty: Either the forklift operator or the company failed to ensure that the standard of care was implemented. In this case, the forklift driver either acted with carelessness or negligence while driving the machine or the company hired inexperienced drivers, provided little or no training for powered industrial trucks, or didn’t implement safety measures that would have prevented the accident.
- Causation: There’s proof that the forklift operator’s carelessness caused your accident, or the company’s negligence somehow led to your accident.
- Damages: The forklift accident caused by the negligent driver or careless organization caused you serious injuries, and led to medical expenses or losses.
Please note that forklift accident claims in Mesa may also involve third-party entities who may have indirectly contributed to the accident. Talk to an experienced forklift accident lawyer about the possibility of suing more than one entity or filing multiple compensation claims against them.
For a free legal consultation with a forklift accidents lawyer serving Mesa, call 866-499-8989
Compensation a Mesa Forklift Accident Lawyer Can Help Recover
How much you can recover as compensation in a Mesa forklift accident claim largely depends on the following:
- Loss of wages
- Lower earning ability brought on by the injuries sustained in the accident
- Cost of medical treatment and all associated expenses, including rehabilitative therapy and other medical costs in the future
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Lower quality of life
If you lost a loved one to injuries sustained in a forklift accident, you’ll need to file a wrongful death suit to recover additional damages for:
- Loss of inheritance
- Funeral costs
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium and society
Your claim may include any other damages that your lawyer sees fit to pursue on your behalf. These are some of the damages that our experienced personal injury lawyers can pursue on your behalf.